We’d like to take a brief ‘paws’ to thank everyone for making Dine with Your Dog an evening to remember, and for coming out to support the PetSmart Paws Can Heal Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This year’s Dine With Your Dog sold out, with 300 human guests and over 200 canine companions! The record breaking $65,000 raised will help us continue to provide world-class health care, hope and healing to our wonderful patients and their families.
The event, presented by PetSmart, was a blast for all. Participants enjoyed perfect weather and live music from the porch on the PERA Club’s Pavilion where they were photographed on the green carpet, and partook in complimentary portrait sessions. We also sipped on signature cocktails from Tito’s and OSHO while frolicking through the Best in Breed Play Areas hosted by the Arizona Cardinals, Alta Vista Veterinary, and Desert Diamond Casinos.
Our “Sniff and Greet Yappy Hour” was followed by a retreat to the air conditioned Pavilion where everyone was treated to delicious (human and canine!) dinner, and a great program emceed by Good Morning Arizona’s Jill Galus. During the Silent Auction, lucky attendees won beauty packages, weekend getaways, and special spoil-your-pup baskets.
An essential part of the event was learning more about the therapy dog program here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. These canine heroes and their human teammates help patients move and play, forget their pain for a bit, and do things that might be a struggle for them, like eating, taking medication or waiting. Those wagging tails bring a lot of smiles to kids who are so in need of fun, playtime and comfort.
One of those kids, Braden, joined the event this year to tell his story in person with his parents and brothers. They spent the night hanging out with some of their AAT pal, Napa.
Special thanks go out to Wendy Rabin for chairing the 2016 Dine with Your Dog event!
Also, a special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, PetSmart, who has done so much for this program, and ensured that it’s available to the patients of Phoenix Children’s. Our above-mentioned Best in Breed Sponsors, Kennel Club, Top Dog, and in-kind sponsors. Without you, we could not make this event happen – or – have such wonderful treats to take home! Thanks also to U-Haul, who so graciously transported all of our wonderful goodies!
Lastly, a thank you to all who came to support the program, made donations, and participated in the silent auction. The Animal Assisted Therapy Program is funded entirely through philanthropy, which is why your support today is so important, and so appreciated. The hospital truly could not provide this service without people like you.
We hope you had as much fun as we did, and we hope you’ll be back next year for the 10th Anniversary of Dine With Your Dog! For more photos and fun, please visit our FaceBook Page!